Events in 2008

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Church Stretton Annual Gathering

11th-13th April 2008

More than one hundred people attended the Society's Annual Gathering in April, the first to be held in Shropshire since 2004. After a bit of snow on the Friday morning just before the event began, the weather turned for the better.

Saturday morning saw a visit to Clun for all the attendees. In a slightly different format to previous Gatherings, there was an optional walk over the Longmynd on the Saturday afternoon. About sixty members took part in this, with the remaining attendees going on a coach tour to various Malcolm Saville-related locations in the area. Afterwards, there was a presentation by Andy Prada about the making of the Society's DVD of the films 'Trouble At Townsend' and 'Treasure At The Mill'.

On Saturday evening, members enjoyed a 'romantic' annual dinner when the Longmynd Hotel had a power cut and we had to eat by candlelight!

The AGM occupied Sunday morning, as is customary, and with remarkably little discussion it was agreed that we should look into holding next years gathering in Somerset. This is not the setting for any of the Malcolm Saville stories but he did write Come to Somerset which contains some interesting descriptions of the area.

Following coffee and biscuits and lots more conversations the gathering dispersed until the next time....

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Clun Bridge

Candlelit Dinner
 

Blakeney Weekend

6th-8th June 2008

Over thirty members visited Blakeney in early June to explore some of the locations in Redshank's Warning. This was the first book about the Jillies and was published 60 years ago. Despite the Saturday rain, we walked to Cley and back and visited Blakeney Church. We climbed both church towers, including the smaller one which featured in 'Redshank's Warning' and which is rarely open to the public.

On the Sunday, when the weather had improved, we enjoyed a boat trip to Blakeney Point, including seeing the seals as they lazed in the sunshine and spotting a number of birds.


Seals

Blakeney

Blakeney Church
 

Two Rings Weekend

22th-25th August 2008

24 members enjoyed this superbly organised event and except for a short period of rain early on Sunday morning, it was blessed with fair weather throughout. The principal locations of interest on the walks were Chanctonbury and Cissbury rings - Iron Age hill forts that featured in The Long Passage - also Findon Place adjacent to the church, which was believed to be the inspiration for The Old Manor.

'What the Society does best' succinctly sums up Saturday evening in Findon Village Hall. It was an excellent social event: congenial company, good food, themed quizzes to test the little grey cells and a good selection of Saville titles available to browse through, discuss, and possibly even buy. As always, a lot of hard work goes into making such evenings a success so on this occasion, a very big 'thank you' goes to Karen Silverson and her team who spent most of the evening in the kitchen.

On Sunday the group visited Amberley Chalk Pits Museum. This is a fascinating attraction in its own right, with many displays showing aspects of daily life as it was about the time Malcolm Saville began writing, but the visit was further enhanced by an imaginative Saville-themed treasure hunt devised by the organizing team. Then after a few hours of free time, where some visited Arundel and others walked along the sea front at Worthing, 'The World's End' pub at Patching was chosen for the last evening dinner.


Chanctonbury Ring

Cissbury Ring

On the way down
 

Tunbridge Wells Roadshow

13th September 2008

The roadshow planned for this date was postponed as Richard Griffiths was unable to prepare or present the event. We hope to be able to arrange an alternative date for this event.